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Cyber squatting hits four-year high
Illegal acts of cybersquatting, where people abuse trademarks or
domain names, are surging to their highest level in over four years,
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has warned.
The growing trend of falsely registering websites or trademarks has
climbed 20 per cent year-on-year, resulting in 1,456 cybersquatting
cases during 2005.
The results show criminals continue to train their sights on the
dominant .com domain, but a new batch of top-level domains in April
provided fresh impetus.
Last year's unveiling of website addresses ending in .travel and .jobs
led to the higher number of cybersquatting cases, many of which
concerned recently registered domain names.
A further unveiling of TLDs, which may focus on developing nations or
national cities, is due to debut in 2006, underlining the need for
continued vigilance by intellectual property owners, WIPO said.
In a warning to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN), the Organisation urged the creation of 'robust
mechanisms' to safeguard IP holders from wrestling with cyber